Jack Satter Foundation

The Jack Satter Foundation is a private foundation established by Jack Satter during his lifetime. Mr. Satter died in 2014, and today the Jack Satter Foundation continues his commitment to helping the elderly, particularly Jewish seniors, young people with physical and/or developmental disabilities, young people with mental health issues and/or substance use disorders, and veterans. The Foundation also supports individuals and families facing cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Grants are made to organizations primarily serving communities in Massachusetts and in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Foundation's grants range in size from $25,000 to $1 million, depending on the program's size, duration, and/or complexity. The Foundation does not allocate specific dollar amounts to its areas of interest or to particular geographical areas.

The Jack Satter Foundation accepts applications by invitation-only.

Funding Guidelines

The Jack Satter Foundation makes single and multi-year grants for programs in the broad areas of Health, Education, and Disability Inclusion. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests, letters of inquiry, or proposals at this time.

The Foundation primarily makes program grants, but will consider endowment, research, and general operating support requests on a case-by-case basis.

The Jack Satter Foundation looks for organizations that:

  • Align their programs with their mission, goals, and financial resources
  • Have a stable governance structure
  • Emphasize accountability, results, service quality and program excellence
  • Are sustainable and have a strong financial foundation

Funding is not available for:

  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Events
  • Unrestricted endowments
  • Individuals

Application Procedures

The Jack Satter Foundation accepts applications by invitation-only. Trustees and advisors will conduct independent research on nonprofit organizations working in the Foundation’s fields of interest and invite select organizations to submit a request for funding. Though the Foundation knows many excellent organizations and worthwhile programs, it is able to consider only a small number of grant awards each year.

Organizations receiving an invitation from the Jack Satter Foundation will be instructed to submit a brief letter of intent (LOI). Trustees will review the LOI and decide if they would like to invite a full proposal.

Trustees of the Jack Satter Foundation may schedule a site visit with potential grantees to get to know the organization, the leadership and, where appropriate, to learn more about possible funding needs.

Contact Information

The Foundation has engaged Hemenway & Barnes LLP to provide grants management and administration. Applicants should direct any questions to:

Jessica Coakley, Philanthropic Advisor
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 557-9774